The former chief justice of Canada will resume service to Hong Kong

News 21 March, 2018

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    Wednesday, 21 march, 2018 18:05

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    HONG KONG | The former chief justice of Canada Beverley McLachlin will resume the service within the court of final appeal of Hong Kong, just a few months after his retirement.

    Ms. McLachlin had bowed out last December 15 after 18 years spent at the head of the supreme Court of Canada. She became, in 2000, the first woman to acquire the title of chief justice in the country.

    The government of the special administrative region of Hong Kong explained, Wednesday, have engaged the services of Beverley McLachlin and a british judge, baroness Brenda Hale, as foreign judges and non-permanent, reducing their number from 12 to 14. This decision has the purpose to provide more flexibility to hear cases pending before the court of final appeal.

    A native of Alberta, Ms. McLachlin practised law in this province and in British Columbia, where she briefly served as chief justice of the supreme Court of the province. She became a judge of the supreme Court of Canada in 1989. It is the judge quebec Richard Wagner who succeeded in Beverley McLachlin as chief justice of the highest court of the country.